When financier and art collector William Wilson Corcoran acquired this dish, it came with a history of having been owned by George Washington. No evidence to confirm this tradition has come to light, but Washington would likely have been familiar with similar wares used in the homes of his contemporaries. Its colorful, gilded surface is characteristic of the luxury goods produced by innovative English potteries in imitation of European and Chinese porcelains.


Square, molded dessert dish with scalloped rim, square foot rim, and underglaze blue and gilt decoration; rim features a set of three scallops at each corner separated by slightly concave sides; rim decorated with a plain gilt border above an underglaze blue border with a fish roe design in gilt, a plain gilt border, and a gilt beaded border; the well of the dish is decorated with a bouquet of flowers at the center surrounded by eight sprigs of flowers evenly spaced around the outer edge of the well; elements of the floral decoration, such as the center of the blossoms, and a large leaf in the center bouquet, are rendered in underglaze blue, but the majority of the design is rendered in gilt.






Porcelain (soft-paste), gilt


Overall: 1 7/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (4.78 cm x 20.65 cm x 20.96 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of William Wilson Corcoran, 1879


Underglaze factory mark in blue, on reverse of plate, inside foot rim at center: "S".

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